spring fever

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Oh spring.

You’re officially here, but you’re not really here. This air is awfully chilly. And what’s with all the wind and rain?

But we love you anyway.

When the calendar flips over to March, I get a little giddy. Warm days are on the way.

You gave us a bit of sunshine last weekend and we went outside and climbed trees and ran around the yard and hollered at Bella.


Thank you for that.

We’re ready for more, whenever you are.

the easiest potatoes I ever did make


I stink at making mashed potatoes. And my attempts at roasted potatoes usually turn out too crispy (read: burnt) for the little palates in our family. So when Lily and I were watching “the cooking lady show” last week and the Pioneer Woman made her Crash Hot Potatoes I totally had an aha moment (thank you Oprah).

Two days later, Lily bellied up to the counter on her special cooking stool and helped me make these potatoes. She especially loved smooshing them with the potato masher. (The only thing we did differently than the online recipe was to drizzle them with a little olive oil before they went into the oven and sprinkle them with a little shredded cheddar when they came out. Because cheese. Right?)

They were quick, easy and delicious.

Even Lily approved. Which is a huge deal in our house.

Thank you, PW! We heart you and your lovely show.

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little motivator


Last week during a play date at our house, Sophie decided that it was time for Monroe to roll over. So she sat with him as he lay on the quilt, making him laugh. And then she started wiggling around just enough so that Monroe had to crane his neck to keep his eyes on her.

Then when we turned our backs to start making lunch, he stretched his head far enough that his little body followed suit and he plopped right over onto his belly for the very first time.

Sophie was proud.

So she crowned the moment with a little motivational stare into her cousin’s eyes.

(Three cheers to Laura for running to capture this awesome moment.)